As I have mentioned before, I created a writing portfolio for my senior capstone class at Miami University. Through the course of that class I wrote many poems and short narratives that all revolved around the main subject of home. Being a “non-traditional” student, I had many experiences and years to draw upon for these pieces. One of the exercises we did in class led to the following poem I use this exercise with my middle school students now and find that it is a great way to write about life’s important events. For lack of a better title, I call it “My around poem.”
My Around Poem
Around 2006, I returned to school and was labeled non-traditional.
Around 1979, my oldest brother left home at the age of 16 without saying goodbye.
Around 1997, after 18 hours of labor, my first child came into the world.
Around 2007, on a bitter, cold morning, my Grandpa died.
Around 1975, I stood at the bus stop waiting for my first day of kindergarten…the bus never came.
Around 1993, I married my high school sweetheart.
Around 1974, I watched my dog Benji get hit by a car while I played in the front yard.
Around 2001, on an icy morning, I gave birth to my daughter.
Around 2008, I watched my brother’s son marry his high school sweetheart.
Around 2003, I walked my son to school for his first day of kindergarten…we didn’t take any chances with the bus.
Around 1977, I was forever changed by the actions of another.
Around 1984, I kissed a boy for the first time – at the county fair. His name was Nick.
Around 2008, my high school sweetheart and I ended our 15-year marriage…at the breakfast table.
Around 2006, my son and I walked my daughter to school for her first day of kindergarten.
Around 1985, I had my heart broken for the first time.
Around 2008, I learned to be me again…still non-traditional.